Derby the ‘Ghost Capital of England’?
It is an intriguing thought. Now two local men, one
a specialist in matters supernatural, the other a
local historian with a particular interest in the
subject, have joined forces to produce Ghosts of Derby,
a guide to the city’s spookiest sites, where
ghostly presences are felt and where, sometimes, things
actually do go ‘bump in the night’.
Here we read about ghosts from the nation’s
history who found their way to Derby - Bonnie Prince
Charlie and Mary, Queen of Scots for instance - tormented
souls, holy ghosts, surgical spirits (Derby has its
share of haunted hospitals), commercial ghosts (they
haunt our shops and offices) and haunted inns. There
is also a glossary to help the reader know more about
what kind of ghosts they might expect to encounter
on a trip around Derby’s haunted buildings.
The result is a fascinating account of a city which,
by all accounts, has more ghostly occurances than
even somewhere like York.
It will appeal to anyone interested in the history
of Derby and, of course, to anyone who belives in